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I don’t think we should set ourselves up as the national household budget manager’ (quoted in Crews, Jr, 2002). The Antigua-led IG challenge shook up this established regulatory landscape, extending the jurisdictional battles across international borders. To begin with, it merged more closely the links between the ideological and the material bases of the conflict. The moral prohibition backlash to the intrusion of offshore Internet gambling went hand in hand with the defense of state monopoly or tightly restricted rights.
Almost all goods, including foodstuffs, continue to be imported to this day, the result of which is a heavy trade imbalance, particularly with the United States. The only remaining witness to the commodities booms of the past are the old windmills that were once used to power the plantations scattered around the island. If burdened with the environmental/commercial costs of this historical pattern of development, Antigua suffered another trauma when sugar ceased production in the 1970s and their economy was forced to depend on tourism.
Yet the foundations for the tourism industry are still precarious, due largely to the repeated occurrence of devastating hurricanes that regularly impose upon the island. In the period of 1995 to 2000 Antigua experienced six major hurricanes, including two in one year in 1995. What this combination of structural condition of single industry orientation and situational uncertainty of circumstances created in Antigua was a psychology of fragility, opportunism and to some degree desperation. Such a mental map is commonly associated with the finding of loopholes or derogations in the international political economy, or what can be described as a phenomenon of ‘slipping subtly through the nets of conformity’ (Baldacchino and Milne, 2000: 238).